Lissting all of this concluded the class that day. The homework to do a lab report for
the maze lab. Those who had the homework log were exempted of the lab report.
Today, Valentines Day, we had pigorama. As soon as everyone was sitting down, Mrs. Dawson
let people that brought candy get it and pass it out. Those who did not bring candy sat at
a seperate table from those who brought some and ate pop corn cake. There wasn't any
DATE:February 21, 1997
TITLE :Bird Research Study
Today in class our group wrote purposes and as individuals summarized what we hope to
accomplish and how we hope to accomplish our purposes. My purpose was to detertime why
birds use the same route of migration every year. We then each came up with different
ideas on how to accomplish each purpose without leaving the school grounds. We all agreed
to find a place such as the field where we can study birds in their natural habitat and
not disturb them. After finding a good spot we will stay there for a very long length of
time while conducting a number of experiments and see what the different types of birds'
reactions will be to each experiment. The different places to reasearch birds in include
the:field,courtyard,playground out front,trees,circle drive, and the church courtyard. The
focus question based on all of this is:What is Bird Migration? From our studies and
research, I hope to answer this question and find out all there is to know about birds and
why the! y migrate.
DATE: February 18, 1997
TITLE :How We Learn
Today in science class we did a lab on how we learn. The this was accopmlished by the
students using their fingers to trace the path of a maze blindfolded three times and
compare the times. The first thing that was done was the creation of the mazes. Each
student created a maze by using letter address stickers cut into three or more pieces and
place on a sheet of paper. A green dot was placed at the start and a circular
reinforcement at the end. We blindfolded our partner and placed their finger on the
From there, we timed our partner as their finger "walked" along the maze.
When they completed the maze, we wrote down their time and and they did it two more times.
After this was completed, the subject wrote down what they were thinking when they were
doing the maze. After this, the partners switched jobs and the steps were done again. For
homework, we were assigned to do the test with a family member and record the results.
DATE:FEBRUARY 13, 1997
TITLE :THE FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN
On February 12, Mrs. Dawson's seventh grade science class studied the different parts of
the brain. There are seven main functions of the brain. The first function deals with
receiving, sorting, and the interpreting of information involving the brain. Next, the
brain decides in a response to something based on the past experiences and is able to
solve problems. The brain also stores memory of the past and learns how to respond to
these past experiences. Another function of the brain is that the brain determines and
express emotions, carries out motor functions, and dreams. The cerebrum is the largest
part of the brain and controls the voluntary muscles in the body. The left side of the
cerebrum controls words and numbers while the right side of the cerebrum recognizes
people, objects, and patterns. The inner layer of the cerebrum has white tissue and
controls the movement of the information. It also controls thoughts, feelings, speech, and
The mind lea! rns when the senses react to new stimuli. The mind decides what the
stimuli is, puts it in a certain category, and interprets it according to the past
experiences. After this new information has been experienced, it is stored in the brain
and past information dealing with the subject is altered and updated. Sensory interaction
is recognizing a past experience.
First is the external stimuli which means the outside of the body recognizes an outside
stimuli. Next, the internal stimuli, which is the brain, will recognize the information.
Sense are only recognized through practice and past experiences. The sense will only be
meaningful if it is related to other information. The brain will process memory by coding
it or putting it into the memory system and storing it. The memory will be stored until it
is needed. There are four types of memory. They are short term, long term, episodic, and
sematic. Short term memory is short and only temporary. Long term memory is permanently
store! d in the brain such as phone numbers and directions going to your house. Episodic
is information about events that you have experienced. Sematic memory is organized
information about the world language and the use of the language.
At the end of the class, each group gave a short summary about their JASON project's
focus question and explained the purpose of the question and what each group wanted to
find out. On February 12, the class was assigned a packet to complete that is due Friday,
Today in class we studied and reviewed all notes over the brain that we have taken this
year. We handed in our homework diagram of the brain, which was supposed to be labeled
with the functions and colored. W e got a packet and were given assignments 5-1 through
5-3. We discussed how a thought gets processed and which part of your brain thinks about
it. We talked about what a person might be like, if they had never experienced touching,
feeling, or seeing, before the age of sixteen. For the next part of class, w e talked
about which question we were going to do for our research report and why. We made a web of
ideas about a specific topic within our question..
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